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Sampling of Electronic Medical Records Predicts Hospital Mortality

  Validated system for monitoring electronic health records in real time predicts patients at a higher risk for mortality, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Hospitalized patients can deteriorate quickly, requiring prompt identification and treatment, especially since each hour of treatment delay can increase the risk of mortality. In a […]

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Crowd-Sourcing Syncope Diagnosis: Mobile Smartphone ECG Apps

A 76-year-old gentleman with a history of hypertension, on low-dose lisinopril, had a witnessed syncopal episode. He fainted from a standing position with no prodrome. He was unresponsive for 15 seconds without epileptiform activity or loss of sphincter control. He quickly regained consciousness with mild disorientation, without additional symptoms or focal deficits. A cardiologist at […]

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Utility of Electronic Notifications

Notifications Received by Primary Care Practitioners in Electronic Health Records: A Taxonomy and Time Analysis Primary care providers receive large numbers and types of asynchronous electronic medical alerts daily and spend an estimated 50 minutes of daily non-face-to-face time processing them. Abstract Background Asynchronous electronic health record (EHR)-based alerts used to notify practitioners via an […]

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HITECH, Electronic Health Records, and Facebook: A Health Information Trifecta

In enacting the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Obama administration has devoted unparalleled resources to incentivize “the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.” One important reason for this revolutionary legislation is the notion that information technology can improve health safety, quality, and efficiency. The vehicle of this […]

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Hospital Computing and the Costs and Quality of Care: A National Study

Many believe that computerization will improve health care quality, reduce costs, and increase administrative efficiency. However, no previous studies have examined computerization’s cost and quality impacts at a diverse national sample of hospitals. Methods We linked data from an annual survey of computerization at approximately 4000 hospitals for the period from 2003 to 2007 with […]

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Copy and Paste: A Remediable Hazard of Electronic Health Records

The electronic health record offers numerous advantages over its paper counterpart: the ability to access a chart from any location; the opportunity for multiple viewers to read or contribute to a chart simultaneously; legibility; and the ease of incorporation of data into the note, without transcription error. Electronic charting is not without its pitfalls, however. […]

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